Has any one successfully incorporated famous villians from either book, movie, etc into any tourney style games? Did the players enjoy it?
I am the Magic Man.
(Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.)
I am the Lawnmower Man.
(I AM GOD HERE!)
I am the Skull God.
(Koo Koo Ka Choo)
There are reasons they call me Mad...
Does the Purple Pieman from Strawberry Shortcake count? Not so much his whole pie schtick (I replaced trying to steal all the berries with stealing magical amulets to power a necromantic ritual), but the evil necromancer in the adventure was definitely blatantly recognizeable as the Pieman with a significantly darker coat of paint.It was a one-shot adventure that had the party start off thinking it was a regular adventure adventure, before I convinced them it was a comedy adventure (with the village of werebears they were trying to save turning out to be were-Carebears and having them travel through what was basically Candyland) before turning everything horribly, horribly pear-shaped and morphing it into a horror adventure with giant chocolate-covered ants melting into puddles of foul-smelling burnt chocolate when fireballed, players' weapons getting stuck in the gummi-orcs with a sickening squelch and having the orcs pick up the severed limbs of different-colored gummi-orcs and reattaching them to their own stumps as the two colors blended together, and a friendly Booberry-style marshmallow ghost whose empty eyes bled blueberry syrup just before it cut loose with a banshee's deadly wail. One of my very early efforts as a DM when I was about 11 years old had the players literally face off against every movie and book villain I could manage to stat up. What they were all doing in the same castle was never quite made clear beyond some sort of "villain convention" to discuss destroying the world, or something to that effect. Aside from the one bright spot of Darth Vader accidentally hitting Sauron with a Force-deflected fireball and getting his entire dome knocked clean off his shoulders in return, I prefer not to dwell too long on the whole debacle. For the most part, though, most of my villains tend to be a mix-and-match mishmash of little bits and pieces of popular villains so churned together that the original influences aren't immediately recognizeable...
Has any one successfully incorporated famous villians from either book, movie, etc into any tourney style games?
tourney style game
I haven’t done tourney style games but...I did use Hans Gruber as a Karrn Warlord, and Francis Hummel as a disgruntled Brelish general (both in Eberron). Hummel was from the lesser film (and I am actually only 90% certain I got the name right), but the character I based on him was one of the most memorable villains I have ever created.There are several other film and literary references I have made, but those were the two to jump into my head.I also have used a few real life political figures as villains, but I am wary of mentioning those and offending anyone's political beliefs.
(snip) I did use Hans Gruber as a Karrn Warlord, and Francis Hummel as a disgruntled Brelish general (both in Eberron). Hummel was from the lesser film (and I am actually only 90% certain I got the name right), but the character I based on him was one of the most memorable villains I have ever created. (snip)
0_0............you sir are screwed up...........has anyone ever told you that........they probably did........................
0_0............you sir are screwed up...........has anyone ever told you that........they probably did........................ Only my shrink... (Seriously? I go by Mad Jack, have a grinning green skull as an avatar, and you're asking me if anyone's told me I'm screwed up? lol... There are reasons they call me Mad...)(The players, on the other hand, thanked me for one of the best adventures they'd ever played. They were a good group like that - they had absolute trust in me that no matter where my twisted brain took them it would be a hell of a trip and they'd always just shrug, ask a few relevant questions and then jump in with both feet.)
once played a living tree that was powered by the influence of the far realm....just got up on daye and just started following the party.